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By Sylvana Urbina When I got involved in the project, Proyecto Washu had already gone through a long path of building trust with the community, search together with them for economic alternatives to increase their income and to protect the forest. In this process, and with the help of experts, they came to the conclusion that the best alternative was to boost the production and commercialization Cacao Arriba, the main source of income in the area. To achieve this goal,...

Preparing Iraq’s Next Generation For Sustainability

Despite decades of armed conflict in its recent history, Iraq merits attention as a candidate for sustainable development. Having said that, Iraq is not yet in a stable enough position to finance research or pilot projects in sustainable energy, as it needs as much oil revenue as it can obtain to stabilize its fiscal situation.  For the time being, the best hope for Iraq is to emphasize sustainability in its education system so that seeds can be planted for...

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By Sylvana Urbina Five hours by bus, 3 hours in a 4x4 truck, 10 minutes in a very small barge and 1 hour of walk is what takes to arrive from Quito, Ecuador to the community of Tesoro Escondido “Hidden Treasure”, located in one of the most biodiverse places in the world, the Chocó rainforest. This place is home to families of growers of the best cacao in the world (Arriba Cacao), who have the forest as their backyard. It is...

Turning the Lights On in Morocco: A Case Study of a Renewable Energy Approach to Sustainable Development

By Chris Caruso Having largely succeeded in meeting its millennium development goals,[i] and having assumed the presidency of the United Nations' climate conference, COP22, in 2016,[ii] Morocco has gained a reputation as a regional and global leader in renewable energy resource strategies for promoting sustainable development. The complete picture is more mixed than it might at first appear, as persisting problems have left room for progress and not all other countries possess the same conditions that helped Morocco get this...